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Holiday Peppermint Bark (Recipe!)

8 Dec

We were recently asked if we’d like to be a part of a homemade holiday gifts segment for WGN-TV.  Carol Mackey showed viewers her homemade peppermint bark in our personalized gift boxes … the perfect gift for friends and family!

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Carol was nice enough to share her recipe so we could share it with you.  Just in time for the holidays …

Peppermint Bark

Ingredients:
1 lb chopped bittersweet chocolate
peppermint extract
1 lb chopped white chocolate
crushed peppermint

Directions:
Line a 11×17 baking sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper. Melt bittersweet chocolate over a double boiler, stirring constantly. Stir in four drops peppermint oil or more to taste. Spread chocolate evenly onto the prepared cookie sheet. Chill until just set, about ½ hour. Melt white chocolate over double boiler, stirring constantly, if white chocolate seizes add a little canola oil. Quickly spread white chocolate mixture over chilled dark chocolate, spreading to the edge of the pan, sprinkle with peppermint. Chill until set. To cut, I trim the edges with a chef’s knife and then cut into squares and cut the squares into triangles.

 

I love how Carol tied off the boxes with red and white twine.  So festive and ready to gift!  Her homemade peppermint bark would make a great gift for teachers, friends, neighbors … anyone, really!  Of course, you can fill our boxes with any of your homemade goodies for the holidays.  I’ve even used them to give holiday treats for dogs (I love to bake homemade dog biscuits).

If you give homemade holiday treats, how do you gift them?  Share your creative ideas (and recipes!) with me in the comments below.

xoxo,

Jennifer

Photo courtesy of Carol Mackey.

To learn more about Carol Mackey and her recipes & classes, please visit her site at carolmackey.net

 

 

It’s a Wrap!

17 Nov

 

The holidays can be stressful!  We work so hard trying to buy the right gifts for everyone on our list and getting it all done in time so we can enjoy the time with friends and family.  I enjoy wrapping the presents with beautiful paper and ribbons so they look great under the tree.  I know that’s the part most people dread!  But it you plan and add some fun elements to your gift wrapping, you can really make if bearable (it’s true!).  Here are some gift wrapping tips that have worked well for me:

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  • Invest in one of those plastic bins or containers that let’s you organize your wrapping supplies.  It really helps when you’re ready to wrap!
  • Shop right after the holidays for great sales on gift wrapping supplies.  Store away for the following year.
  • Focus on one element that will really make your gifts stand out.  Maybe you choose personalized gift wrap and then a simple ribbon.  Or try simple paper and beautiful, bold ribbon.
  • Have the kids get in on the fun!  Give them a roll of kraft paper and they can doodle holiday pictures and messages.
  • Try personalized gift tags to save time and give presents a beautiful finishing touch.
  • Tie it all up with personalized ribbon.  It dresses up every gift!  Personalized ribbon is great for wine bottles and homemade treats, too.

What ideas do you have for gift wrapping that help you make it fun, creative or time-saving?  Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Holidays!

xoxo,

Jennifer

Signed. Sealed. Delivered.

6 Nov

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I know … we are barely into November and I keep talking about holiday cards.  But I am a planner and like to get everything ready so I can be prepared when it’s time to get my holiday cards and packages sent out.  I love making sure my envelopes look festive so when they arrive in the mailbox they really stand out.  The Stationery Studio has a great selection of address labels that make your holiday cards and packages looked polished.  Check out these fun picks that I absolutely love.  Click on your favorite(s) to personalize your own!

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A jar full of jolly!  A great reusable jar full of festive Santa labels.

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Bright and festive, this address label is full of modern charm.

 46940_C4D2CE7C-CF40-D7A0-77814F320165E8EEFull of sparkle, this label outshines them all!

 46695_356A2E42-CB72-6433-0139B2FE86A0E386Full of charm, these address labels have festive warmth.

I’d also love to share some ideas for other great uses for our Christmas address labels:

  • Stick these on cookie boxes for your neighbors and friends.
  • Perfect to use on teacher gifts – they know where to send a thank you!
  • Use these on envelopes when tipping people during the holiday season.
  • Make great last minute gift stickers!
  • Save the rest for the thank you notes for the holiday gifts.

What other uses do you have for address labels?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

xoxo,

Jennifer